Lasers are extremely precise and effective; this is why lasers are now an essential part of many medical procedures such as, angioplasty, lithotripsy, ophthalmology, dermatology, and so many other hospital surgery procedures. Dr. Louise King recognized years ago the benefits of bringing lasers to dental care. She received her laser certification from Loma Linda University in 2002 and has since then literally done over ten thousand dental laser procedures. We use our I-Plus Waterlase lasers mostly to do common filling restorations. However, there are numerous other dental procedures that are much less invasive when performed with a laser:
Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure involves instrumentation of the crown and root surface of the teeth to remove plaque and calculus from these surfaces. With a laser there is no need to cut or flap the gums to have access to the root surface. The thin laser fiber can easily be pushed between the teeth and gum.
Cold Sores: When caught early, "Mouth Herpes" can be stopped with a quick laser zapping which kills the virus and prevents it from growing again. This treatment only takes but a few minutes.
A gingivoplasty is surgically reshaping the gingival. Using her laser, Dr. King does most of her gingivoplasties with topical (numbing cream) anesthetics.
Frenectomy: A frenulum (tissue under the tongue) may be removed when the tongue has limited mobility. The conventional way of doing this was with a scalpel which left our patients with blood, sutures and weeks of recovering sensitivity while being on a limited diet. The Lockart twins had their frenulum removed with our laser that cuts and cauterizes the wound at the same time. With little to no pain after treatment, they left the office and went to McDonald's to celebrate!
Ulcer treatments, reduction of denture hyperplasia, lesion removal, crown lengthening, these and even more procedures can be comfortably done with a Waterlase laser.
Laser Dentistry; it doesn't cost more, it's just a lot more comfortable!
The Waterlase helps us to deliver the highest quality patient care possible. It improves the patient experience in many ways. Unlike a high speed dental drill that generates heat and cuts by friction when running at speeds of up to 700,000 rpms, (hence high pitch sound), the Waterlase shoots laser energized water droplets at a tooth to gently remove cavity, calculus, bone or soft tissue. It is so comfortable that most laser dental fillings are done without anesthesia at all. That means no needles and no lingering numbness after your treatment.